Short staffing in the Trinidad and Tobago consulate in Toronto is reported to be affecting the level of service at the offices.
Several long-serving employees of the consulate have recently been sent home and no one has been hired to replace them.
And nationals have been complaining about “longer wait time” to obtain fairly routine consular services.
One irate Trinidadian also said that some of the officials at the consulate don’t seem to have the answers to ” simple inquiries.”
“And trying to obtain documents from Trinidad through the consulate in a timely manner can be a major problem,” he noted.
One Trinidad and Tobago government official who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Caribbean Camera that the problem at the consulate is “really a money problem.”
“The government is almost broke,” he said, ” and has been having problems paying salaries.”
One former employee of the consulate who was recently terminated, said he has not received his “full severance pay.”
For about two years now, there has been an ” acting ” consul general at the office in Toronto.
So far no one has been confirmed in the post.